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Posted: July 02, 2017

Queen Elizabeth II unveils new portrait featuring family heirloom for Canada's 150th anniversary


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Queen Elizabeth II unveils new portrait featuring family heirloom for Canada's 150th anniversary
This new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, wearing the maple leaf brooch inherited from her mother, has been released for Canada Day (July 1) to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, on July 1, 2017. (Photo by Ian Leslie Macdonald via Getty Images)

By Carlin Becker, Rare.us

LONDON —

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, Queen Elizabeth II sat for a new portrait that features an ornate brooch with a special meaning.

According to People, the portrait was taken by Toronto-based photographer Ian Leslie Macdonald and shows the queen wearing a platinum-and-diamond maple leaf brooch, which was given to her by her mother Queen Elizabeth, the queen mother.

>> See the portrait here

People reports that the piece of jewelry found its way to the royal family back in 1939 when the queen’s father, King George VI, gave it to his wife during their visit to Canada, which was the first embarked upon by a reigning monarch.

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Since inheriting the brooch, Queen Elizabeth II reportedly has loaned it to other members of the royal family on a few occasions, including to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, for her first visit to Canada in 2009 and to Duchess Kate for her Canada royal tour in 2011.

In honor of Canada Day, Prince Charles and Camilla traveled to the country for its annual holiday celebrations.


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